From Lakefair queen to 40 Under Forty honoree, the life of Stephanie Stocker has been varied, but always centered on her hometown of Olympia — except for that year she lived in Paris.

A graduate of UW-Seattle and Gonzaga Law School, Stocker is now a partner in Henderson Law Group with her father, Stephen Henderson, and husband, Simon Stocker. 

When not advocating on behalf of employees to ensure their equal employment rights, against discrimination, retaliation and harassment, she is a multi-faceted volunteer. A board member for SafePlace of Olympia, member of United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council and Junior League, Stocker also has chaired or participated on a number of State Bar Association committees.

“I am proud of the authentic person I am today,” she wrote in her profile questionnaire. And she is most proud of “becoming a mother to our two- and four-year-old little girls.”

Stephanie Stocker can also now be proud to be selected a member of the 2016 “40 Under Forty” class.

Jason Atherton is another honoree striving to live a life true to himself. In just the past five years, he has added three children to his family with wife, Ann; completed two UW-T degrees (BA and MBA) and started five businesses.

As founder of Atherton & Co., his current focus is on Pop Up Coffee, started last September with a goal to help non-profit organizations raise funds. Broadway Center of Performing Arts, SpaceWorks, NW Sinfonietta and Tacoma Art Museum are among the beneficiaries thus far, with many more to come. Jason comes by his start-up impetus from his late father and mentor, an entrepreneur who worked in many business sectors.

“I’m passionate about humanity,” Atherton wrote to the judging panel. “I’m also excited about technology and how we can leverage it to improve humanity by eradicating poverty and violence in the world.” 

Very ambitious goals, but don’t tell Jason Atherton that it can’t be done; he’s too busy working on them.

You can meet Stephanie and Jason, plus 38 other remarkable members of 2016 40 Under Forty at their celebration on Wednesday, August 17, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets and more information are at this link.